"It's been a rollercoaster of a season," says Gillian Keenan in an attempt to describe the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League campaign to date.

For the Treaty United star, there was the uncertain start with a new manager taking over and personnel shifts within the dressing room. Nobody knew what to expect.

Once it all started and the games arrived, it became even more terrifying at every turn with 28 goals conceded in the opening five games. This was not a ride that any Treaty player would've wanted to stay on.

In Week 7, they were idle and able to catch their breath again. A group of senior players came together to address internal issues. Manager Niall Connolly started to get his message across. And it clicked.

When they got going again, they celebrated a first win of the season by overcoming Cork City in Turner's Cross. Suddenly, this experience wasn't all that daunting and now the only way is up.

"It was not the start that we wanted. We weren't really sure why it wasn't going right for us. We had a lot of young players but that isn't an excuse and it was up to us to turn it around," explains Keenan.

"The Cork game was exactly what we needed. It gave us that sense of confidence back and we've been trying to build on that ever since with a couple of more good performances produced. Nothing can be taken for granted in this League and we know that."

Keenan has only returned from a hamstring injury so she feels that she has a lot to contribute, especially in attack where Treaty know that they need to put the ball in the back of the net more often.

The Laois native says: "I'm kinda on a roll at the moment so I'm hoping to keep that going. I know that if I can score a goal, or any of the other attacking players can, then it gives the whole team confidence that we can get a result from any game.

"Every goal does count, especially at the end of the season when goal difference might come into it with regard to our finishing position. We would like to finish as high as we can but we are definitely looking at breaking into that top five."

From rock bottom to targeting a top-five finish, Treaty are certainly on an upward curve. The next turn brings them face to face with champions Peamount United on Saturday afternoon.